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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A

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Mango

Charlotte Biche, Participant

Our tent is called Mango. Mango is made up of a tarp, tent, four poles, 18 stakes, a rain cover with one more pole, me, Zoe, and Charlie. I claimed the middle spot of our tent quickly so I could be sandwiched between my tent buddies. Charlie is on......Read More

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A pair of Haikus

Sam Korman, Participant

My first yak Haiku   Brisk snowy mountains Holes in boots, leech in my sock, This is my first Yak   Now, my second yak Sorry Mom, longer yak soon I love you, From Sam...Read More

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Big Transitions and A Fresh Beginning

Instructor Team, Instructor

Sunday evening we all joined with our new friends and family in Balamchaur, sang a chorus of songs to each other, and stayed up late with an energetic, village wide dance party. On Monday morning, amid hugs, tika, flower garlands, and well wishes,......Read More

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Off on Trek

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hi family and friends, Yesterday the Himalaya A group headed off by bus to their first campsite and have begun their two week trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, deep in the Himalayas with fantastic views of the Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal, and......Read More

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Home?

Makenzie Hazard, Participant

I used to think home was a place: Menlo Park, California, United States of America. It was very easy that way. I knew where I belonged, and I took comfort in returning whenever I left. I was a little peg that fit snuggly in the hole of pop music......Read More

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9:51

Charlie Lowell, Participant

October 19 The day begins at 9:51 am. My family gathers in our smoky, clay-floor communal room (which serves as a kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom, sometimes all at once), clustered and sitting cross-legged on the thin reed mats spread......Read More

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Steamboat Invitational

Jack O’Connor, Participant

I ambled over to our group’s iPad with the intention of dropping another “Yak of the Week”, not unlike Travis Scott dropping the unquestioned album of 2018, “ASTROWORLD”, but I don’t foresee that happening. I’m suffering from......Read More

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From Kathmandu to Bhandipur to Balamchur.

Charlotte Biche, Participant

Pic no.1: Boudha!! While in Kathmandu, Boudha quickly became one of my favorite places to go during free time. Not only was it a 15 minute walk from my home stay, but the rooftop cafes had incredible views, and almost all of them sold blended mint......Read More

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“Your Mind is Like a Puppy”

Casey Carrell, Participant

At 5:30AM, I awoke from a restless sleep. A moth had found its way under my blanket and had woken me up sporadically during the night by fluttering its soft wings against my bare leg. The compounded effect of my developing head cold provided......Read More

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hillside thoughts / site description

Charlie, Participant

On the crest of a winding clay road, I sit facing a deep, misty swell of mountain and clouds, settled on top of a small, white boulder. I am alone. The sun sets over the closest hill to the west, sinking behind a forested swath of hilltop, all wide,......Read More

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Rural village updates

Him A Team, Instructor

Hello everyone! The group is enjoying their time in their rural homestay in Balamchaur, with great weather, views, daal bhat, water, people. The photo above is from a walk that we took today, and the ones below show the whole group and a few......Read More

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Instructor Introduction

Rebecca Winslow, Instructor

Namaste and Hello, My name is Rebecca and I will be joining Tshetan and Michael as the third instructor for the remainder of the course. As Charis mentioned in her post, she’s had to return to the US for medical reasons. I’m excited to......Read More

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A poem!

Makenzie Hazard, Participant

The sounds of the universe   My hajur amma has a laugh that takes its time bubbling out of her chest She sits in the corner of the kitchen spewing streams of Nepali to no one in particular, often falling asleep with her head tilted forward as......Read More

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A mid-course breathing space

Instructor Team, Instructor

We write to you from the hilltop town of Bandipur. An ancient Newari settlement, the community took the brave stance of banning motorized transport in the town center to preserve the medieval streets and architecture. Centuries ago, this place was a......Read More

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Some recent photos

Him A I-Team, Instructor

Dear family and friends, The photos here are meant to give some color to the recent updates. You can see some from the group’s departure from Kathmandu, some from an afternoon tea tasting, and some from an outing to a local stupa. The group......Read More